“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.”
As we celebrate 75 years of independence today, let us ponder on what freedom means to us, both individually and collectively. While freedom can have a different meaning to different people, for diabetics, freedom should mean letting go of the unhealthy practices that they have been following.
This independence day, get Azaadi from an unhealthy lifestyle. We know that a 9-5 job can leave you feeling monotonous. But if you are in the best of health, your life automatically feels more joyful and productive.
Whether you are diabetic, pre-diabetic or a non- diabetic, it is important that you keep your sugar levels in check. In order to get #DiabetesSeAzaadi, not only diabetics, but also non-diabetic people should also follow these practices to live a healthy lifestyle. Check out the list below-
1. Freedom from a Sedentary Lifestyle
Buckle up and make the most of your day, everyday. Follow a fitness regime and keep your weight and vitals in check. Hit the gym, practice Yoga, Zumba, Kick-Boxing, etc and ensure the right functioning of all your body’s processes.
2. Freedom from Packaged Foods
Packaged foods are full of preservatives and sometimes, added colour. These ready to make foods do more harm to your body than good.
A meal is best relished when it is served hot and freshly prepared. You should only consume foods that are fresh and full of the essential nutrients.
3. Freedom from Stress
It is important to take care of your emotional well being as much as your physical well being. Your stress levels can have a direct impact upon your sugar levels. Do more of the things that keep you stress free. Practice meditation, enjoy a good laugh with your friends, light up an incense stick, listen to calming music, etc. to keep your mind relaxed.
4. Freedom from Canned Beverages
Canned beverages contain a large amount of soda and sugar. Both these ingredients can prove to be detrimental for both diabetic and non-diabetic people alike.
Instead of canned beverages, you should consume fresh juices, infused water and herbal teas. Herbal teas are also known to have a calming effect upon you and are good for your overall health.
5. Freedom from Irregular Eating Habits
You should avoid long gaps between meals. If you take long gaps between meals, it can result in overeating at the time when you consume your meal.
While fasting can lead to low sugar levels, feasting can result in high sugar levels. Eat a light snack like nuts or yoghurt after small intervals if you feel hungry.
6. Freedom from an Irregular Sleep Pattern
Your body needs ample energy to prepare you for the day ahead and therefore, a good night’s sleep is imperative. Getting inadequate sleep can negatively impact your blood sugar levels, especially when you have Type2 Diabetes.
7. Freedom from Unnecessary Medicines
You should always consult your doctor for your daily dose of medicines. You should only take the prescribed medicines at the right time and in the right quantity.
Same applies for your insulin dosage. One should not tamper with medicines as it can have a serious impact upon your health.
Health is indeed the biggest wealth and you should make sure that you keep all your vitals in check. Keep following the above listed practices and enjoy freedom like never before. Monitor your sugar levels on a regular basis and take the required steps to stay happy and healthy.
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